Travel Reg Changes Affect Long Trips

October 13, 2014 | Kate Horrell

If your job sends you on long-term temporary duty, changes to the travel regulations will impact your reimbursements, especially when that temporary duty (TDY) exceeds 30 days.  They all seem like … [Read more...]

Imminent Danger Pay Areas Revised

January 13, 2014 | Kate Horrell

Effective 1 June 2014, there is a revision to the list of approved areas the areas for which troops are eligible to receive Imminent Danger Pay (IDP). The following areas will be removed from the … [Read more...]

Free APO/FPO Shipping From Hickory Farms

December 10, 2013 | Kate Horrell

Mmmmm, who doesn't love a good summer sausage?  If you are looking for a good gift to send downrange or overseas, consider that Hickory Farms offers free shipping on selected products that are sent … [Read more...]

Operation Purple Family Retreat

December 08, 2013 | Kate Horrell

Has someone in your family returned from a deployment within the last year?  Then you are eligible to apply for the National Military Family Association (NMFA)'s Operation Purple Family Retreat held … [Read more...]

USAA, Deployment, and Foreign Transaction Fees

March 15, 2012 | Kate Horrell

Because they are awesome, USAA offers a wide variety of benefits to help military service members and their families during a deployment.  I just recently learned of one new benefit that is pretty … [Read more...]

Powers of Attorney

February 04, 2012 | Kate Horrell

If you've ever sat through a pre-deployment legal brief, you've heard the mandate:  Make sure your spouse (or whomever is handling your financial affairs) has a power of attorney.  Sounds simple … [Read more...]

Free Books for Military Families

August 02, 2011 | Kate Horrell

Wow!  What an awesome silver lining!  Just today, I discovered that MilitaryOneSource had discontinued their popular free book program, and then I discover that Operation Paperback, in conjunction … [Read more...]

You Should Contribute to A Roth IRA While You Are In A Combat Zone

July 03, 2011 | Kate Horrell

 Update:  The importance of funding a Roth IRA while in a tax-exempt combat zone has change since the introduction of the Roth TSP option.  The Roth TSP has different rules than a Roth IRA, … [Read more...]

Special Pays: Pro-Rated or Whole Month

June 19, 2011 | Kate Horrell

I've had a few questions lately regarding which special pays are paid by the month, and which ones are pro-rated by the number of days that the pay applies.  I've tried to put together a list - … [Read more...]

American Red Cross Streamlines Emergency Notification System With Single Number

June 07, 2011 | Kate Horrell

Effective 13 June 2011, military families will only need to remember one toll-free number to access the American Red Cross' emergency notification services.  Rather than keeping track of a local … [Read more...]

Servicemembers Civil Relief Act

April 08, 2011 | Kate Horrell

Throughout the conversations on a possible government shutdown, I've heard several people mention the protections afforded under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA.)  The SCRA provides … [Read more...]

Operation Purple Camp Registration Open

April 01, 2011 | Kate Horrell

The application period is now open for the National Military Family Association's traditional Operation Purple summer camp program.  Operation Purple camps are free camps for military children.  … [Read more...]

Operation Purple Camps Will Return!

March 01, 2011 | Kate Horrell

Good news from the National Military Family Association (NMFA)! After spending the winter trying to gather funding, the NMFA has announced plans for the 2011 Operation Purple Summer Camp season. … [Read more...]

Stop Loss Pay Deadline 4 March 2011

February 26, 2011 | Kate Horrell

After several extensions, the last day to claim retroactive stop loss pay (RSLSP) is now 4 March 2011 - that is next Friday!  If your enlistment was involuntarily extended between September 11, 2001 … [Read more...]